Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Pastor Mike, Lead Pastor

As the primary teaching and administrative pastor, Pastor Mike has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture. He has served at Tabernacle Baptist Church since 2009 and has really grown to love the people of Ithaca. He and his wife have four children. Mike has a background in Mechanical Engineering receiving his undergraduate degree from RIT.  He then went on to receive his M. Div. from Baptist Bible Seminary.


Kyle Franklin, Pastoral Intern

Kyle is in his final year at Baptist Bible Seminary and as such is working on his required internship.  He is very happy to be doing this internship here at TaB which has been his home church since he was five years old.  He recently married the love of his life Carla on June 22, 2013, and she is really enjoying getting to know Ithaca and it’s unique culture.




Joan Apthorp, Administrative Assistant

Joan has served as the Executive Administrative Assistant at TaB for the last twenty-six years.  She is married to Rick Apthorp, and together their Ap’thor’ple Festival is a highlight of the church calender each year!